Health's Blog (Page 44)
Have a drink. A moderate amount of alcohol daily (no more than two drinks for men, one for women) has proven heart benefits, boosting levels of HDL (“good” cholesterol) and reducing the tendency of blood clotting. A moderate alcohol habit may even be protective against certain types of strokes. But drinking more than those recommended amounts—generally, 3 to 4 ounces of 80-proof alcohol per day—can do just the opposite: it raises blood pressure. And, to put things in perspective, alcohol-related deaths kill more people each year than heart-disease. That’s why most health experts agree that if you’re not a drinker now, it’s not worth starting the habit just to protect your heart. After all, there are many other ways you can lower your heart disease risks.
Eat More Fruits and Vegetables: Research links diets rich in fruits and vegetables with a lower risk for heart disease. But most Americans don't get enough produce! Aim for 5 to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Pick produce in a variety of colors to get a range of antioxidants and vitamins. A serving size is 1/2 to 1 cup depending on the fruit or vegetable.
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When It Comes to Sodium, Shop Around. Comparing the sodium content for similar foods can save hundreds of milligrams of sodium. For example, the sodium content for frozen pizzas ranges from 450 mg to more than 1,200 mg. The range among salad dressings is 110 to 505 mg. Salsas: 120 to 240 mg.
More Ways to Cut Sodium:
Low-Sodium Dinner Recipes
6 Easy Ways to Cut Sodium
The #1 Food You Should Cut Back On—and 3 Ways to Do It
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I’ve never been a picky eater. Even as a child, I gleefully ate yogurt, wheat germ, broccoli...even liverwurst! And that’s a good thing, because eating a wide variety of whole foods is key to good nutrition. But what about people who flat out hate certain foods?
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Eating a variety of fruits is a great way to get more fiber, which can help you lose weight by helping you feel full. Try including these top three fruits—each supplies 3-plus grams of fiber per serving—in your daily intake: pears (up to 5 grams per 1 medium), raspberries (4 grams per ½ cup) and apples (4 grams per 1 medium).
How do you get more fiber into your day? Share your tips!